{Review} Lumoid: A New Way To Try Out Photography Gear

April 25th, 2014

 
 
Marshmallow creme macarons with peeps
Peeps-inspired marshmallow creme macarons, taken with Canon 5D Mark III

Time for some camera talk. I've been shooting with a Canon Rebel for most of my food blogging career; last year I decided to go the micro four-thirds route and have been taking pictures with my Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 and the Panaleica 25mm f/1.4 . It's been a fun challenge; the two cameras are totally different animals so it's really like driving two completely different cars. Although there are many advantages to dSLRs, there's a freedom to having a super lightweight camera that performs quite capably with a fantastic lens.

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Fluffy Marshmallow Creme Macarons for Easter

April 14th, 2014

marshmallow macarons pedestal

Happy almost Easter! I'm looking forward to Isabelle's first Easter egg hunt, since she was too little last year to go hunting for eggs. She's still too little for Easter candy, fortunately: hopefully when she's older and finds out I kept all the chocolate bunnies and jellybeans from her she won't hold it against me! So since we're not stocking our place with Easter candy yet, what sweets to have for the holiday? What about macarons?

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Marking a Milestone: Chocolate Whipped Cream Cookie Sandwiches

March 31st, 2014

chocolate wafer cookies with lemon cream

Dear readers,

I'm back! Apologies for my extended absence, as the last few weeks were given over to finishing edits on my third cookbook. It's with a sense of relief and anticipation that I let go of the manuscript, and let the publisher take over. I'm looking forward to sharing more about the book as it gets closer to release...stay tuned for more details!

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{Review}: Sweet Subscription Boxes (and a Giveaway)

March 7th, 2014

cococlectic 24 blackbirds

I love getting things in the mail. Growing up, I was obsessed with the book/stamp/sticker/etc of the month clubs and heading out to the mailbox every day in anticipation of packages for me. Now the modern version of those clubs, subscription boxes, are calling my name. Hey, on the days I’m at home with the baby, a package on your doorstep is a big event, know what I mean?

Although there are subscription boxes for pretty much every interest and need imaginable, there weren’t any sweet-related ones that really caught my eye. However, recently I was introduced to two sweet subscription boxes that impressed me with their quality and creativity. Happy surprises at my door, indeed!

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Kouign Amann with Praliné Noisette

February 24th, 2014

kouign amann praline noisette

Kouign amann: this tongue-twistingly named pastry is also one of the tastiest things I have ever eaten, and seems to inspire such instant devotion wherever it pops up. Essentially an amped-up croissant with lots of extra butter and sugar added in, this pastry is not for those without a sweet tooth, or plenty of stomach space! Although kouign amann comes from France, its name is from Breton, which is a Celtic language. This pastry is a specialty of Brittany, where the Bretons settled after emigrating from Great Britain, way back in the 6th and 7th centuries. The name translates to “butter cake”; although the traditional form of kouign amann is indeed a large round “cake”, most of the ones I see today are individual-sized versions baked in small tart rings.

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Pink Ombre Cake for Baby’s 1st Birthday

February 6th, 2014

penelope bird pink ombre birthday cake

A couple weeks ago Isabelle turned one year old. One! How did my inaugural year as a mom pass so quickly!

I meant to post another update in between her six month milestone and now, but I guess a mega-ish update will have to do. Hopefully these periodic updates are still enjoyable!

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